I've sort of lost track, but I think I just finished my 2nd week doing what I called modified Paleo. In those two weeks, there have been 3 or 4 meals that were off plan, though I ate with as much care as I could while out with friends. I have not made a big thing about my massive food change and I viewed these meals out as part of the whole experiment. How can I make food choices when presented with less than optimal choices? The important thing is that I did not avoid the social occasion (I've done that more times than I can count). I did not give in and eat the same thing as everyone else. (I have done that even more times!). Most of all, I have not berated myself for making (fill in your label here) food choices and I have not allowed my inner voice to speak negatively to me about it.
While this has been happening, I have been dealing with a very cranky knee and the feeling of being off balance, so my exercise, minimal at best, as been nearly absent. But, the other morning, I woke up slowly drowsily dreaming of using my kettlebells.
I dreamed a positive dream or had a positive visualization about exercise!
Here are the things I did not expect during my Paleo experiment:
I actually love food more than I ever have. I am enjoying, savoring every bite.
Eating less has not triggered feelings of deprivation or food insecurity.
That nagging desire to chew all day long is GONE! I now know, for the first time in my life what it feels like to be satisfied. I lack the words to express how significant that is.
Some of you know that I have struggled with food all my life. Mother's favorite form of many punishments was for me to go without food. Food insecurity and that feeling of deprivation has ruled my life for decades. Now I know how to quiet those inner monsters/triggers.
I'm sleeping better. I have more energy throughout the day. My perspective is becoming even more sunny. Nothing else in my life is going very well, but this change makes me feel less underneath the avalanche of circumstance.
I am impatient for this knee to feel better!
By the way, without exercise, I have lost eight (8) pounds!